A Migration Guide to Level Up Your PrestaShop From 1.6 to 1.7

PrestaShop | September 16, 2020
By Dipika Jadwani
Prestashop Upgrade

Technologies change with time and to keep going, advancements and upgrades are necessary. A guide to one such migration – PrestaShop 1.6 to 1.7 is explained below which every online merchant must go through before making the transition.

One of the biggest mistakes every eCommerce owner commits is skipping upgrades. “It is just one version upgrade, instead of doing it every now and then, better wait for more and upgrade it all together.” No, never do that as each upgrade mean something, and they affect the functionality of your eCommerce store in some way. Therefore, if you are still chilling by running your eCommerce on the older version of PrestaShop 1.6, then guess what? You are missing big. Prestashop 1.7 is here with the latest releases and improvements, and you need to decide how you want to upgrade? Manually or with the help of 1-click module?

PrestaShop 1.7- What’s New? Why do You Need to upgrade to it? 

PrestaShop – an immensely feature-rich, freely accessible open-source e-commerce solution, which was launched as a student project in 2005, now holds 8th position in the Top 1 Million sites in the Open Source category. Written in the PHP programming language with support for MySQL, about 270,000 shops worldwide are currently running on PrestaShop which is available in 65 different languages for the ease of use. Emerging as one of the strongest eCommerce website builder platforms, PrestaShop is on the pathway to becoming the first choice for sellers.

Coming to the point what is new in the latest version of PrestaShop, then fasten your seatbelts as it will blow you off. With the following new features, PrestaShop 1.7 is surely justifying their motto – “Sell faster. Code Better. Create Easier” as it now has:

Now, the answer to the biggest concern, why update? 

Although to update or not is up to you, pretty soon you will be left with no other option but to migrate to 1.7 as PrestaShop 1.6 will become outdated in the coming days. Version 1.7 is full of features and bug fixes from its previous ones which your competitors might be already taking advantage of, and you would not want to be left out. Moreover, version 1.6 will no longer be maintained or secured, means it is better to migrate now than suffer later. Other than that:

Convinced? Ready? Now, let’s see how to migrate to PrestaShop 1.7 from 1.6

There are two approaches you can take to migrate – one is the easy way by using the Prestashop Migrator module which can upgrade your website to Prestashop 1.7 in a few clicks while the other is manual for which you better seek an experienced PrestaShop mobile app builder. Whatever you decide, do the following before migration:

 Also read: Step-by-step guide on how to install mobicommerce prestashop module

Now for those opting for manual migration, below are the steps to be followed:

Step 1: Download the latest version (1.7.5.1) of PrestaShop to your computer from the official PrestaShop website.

Step 2: Unzip the downloaded file and rename the Admin folder and delete the upload folder.

Step 3: Open the Upgrade.php file, present in the install folder and delete the following from it:

$this->upgradeDoctrineSchema();

$this->enableNativeModules();

Please note that deleting only the first line will give you a white screen while deleting only the second line will turn on all the PrestaShop modules, hence removing both is extremely important.

Step 4: Copy the parameters.php file from /app/config/ from your website and paste it to the config folder and delete the custom.css file.

Step 5: Zip everything into one folder and upload that to the root folder of your site and unzip it.

Step 6: Open the yourdomain.com/install/upgrade/upgrade.php to check whether the website is successfully updated or not. If yes, then delete the install folder.

“Don’t miss: Prestashop eCommerce mobile app features to increase sale”

Wrapping up

Migration may seem like a big headache but is necessary if you want to skyrocket business productivity without making any serious changes in the existing business processes. The manual upgrade process is possible but is too tedious, therefore going for free PrestaShop 1 click update module is definitely an alternative but still, nothing can give you better results than getting it done from experienced Prestashop app builders like MobiCommerce who can pull it off for you in little-to-no downtime.

Dipika Jadwani

Dipika is a skilled marketer who manages marketing communications at MobiCommerce. From content and social media to branding and PR, Dipika overlooks all aspects of digital marketing meticulously at MobiCommerce. She collaborates extensively with the sales and operations teams to bring more business and build a loyal customer base.

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